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Saturday
Jun012013

Greetings from Tennessee:
Our bags are packed and in a few hours we will be leaving for Jerusalem. We return with great anticipation of what God is doing there.

Early in the month of June, 2003 we rented the apartment we have continued to occupy. In early September we furnished and settled in the apartment and sixteen days later, brother Prince went to his eternal reward. Only a few blocks away we sometimes stand on the promenade overlooking Jerusalem from the South and we understand that following God is not about routine.

Abraham had understood this when he traveled toward Mount Moriah, Jerusalem’s temple mount, with Isaac. He very likely had a first glimpse of the area from the southern promenade we so often visit.

God’s attentiveness and His Promises for Israel have not diminished:

For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols.

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.

(Ezekiel 36:24-27)

The tiny nation of Israel remains at the center of world attention. When we first visited Israel in 1968, it was impossible to imagine the barren hills and small cities would be transformed into the high tech, flourishing nation of modern Israel. The twisting dusty roads have been transformed into busy thoroughfares. A people who for centuries were forbidden to own property and were driven from nation after nation have become  agricultural leaders for the world.

Yet the pressure on Israel grows with each passing day. The pages of God’s word provide enough insight that we should not be surprised at Israel’s emergence or the increasing pressure. These trends will continue.  Logic would suggest the hatred and anti-Semitism that led to the holocaust would be lessons learned and never repeated. The great forces that shape our destiny are not logical but spiritual. The spiritual force given expression in the horrors of the holocaust still thrives in the earth. Thus we see new and aggressive presentations of hatred and anti-Semitism directed at the Jewish people and Israel.

We believe the need for a vital, effective Church has never been greater. Our world is staggering towards chaos and confusion with little sense of direction; only the truth of a living God can provide illumination in the darkness that is gathering.

In America, the revolutions of the 1960’s initiated a momentum that has taken us farther and farther away from the principles of God.  Our affluence and freedoms have been used to promote personal liberty and indulgence rather than to acknowledge the existence of a living God and our responsibility to him as citizen of both earthly and heavenly realms.   

In the name of inclusivity Jesus has been pushed farther and farther from the public consciousness. Expressions of tolerance, diversity and inclusivity have resulted in great intolerance for Christianity. The Church is God’s instrument in the earth.   

If we are to see America regain momentum and shake off the addled confusion which seems to grip us, the change must begin with the Church. Our hope for the future does not reside in Washington, DC or with political parties. The possibility of change begins in the hearts of God’s people. A spirit of humility and repentance is needed. We have to lay aside our sectarian bickering and rekindle a passion for Jesus as Christ, Lord and King.   

For too long we have behaved as the Laodicean church described in the book of Revelation, saying “we are rich and in need of little” when in fact we are in a “pitiful” position of great need.

The Church is tasked by our Lord with being a light in the darkness. It is not fruitful to rage against the darkness. It is far more effective to increase the light. Our primary allegiance is to our Lord Jesus. We can be His unrelenting advocates in our homes, communities, businesses and schools. We serve a God of Hope!  

The Church is not a collection of perfect people, rather a place where broken people can find hope and restoration through the redemptive work of Jesus of Nazareth.

God’s message for humanity is inextricably woven through the history of the Jewish people. God’s future plans for His people will be made evident in His presence in the midst of the Jewish people. We have a responsibility to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and to be a comfort to the Jewish people. Thank you so much for all the way you support us.

Over the past two years, we have taken time to write fourteen chapters in book form, and we have published it, “An extra Ordinary Life, the ordinary pursuit of an extraordinary God.”  The account represents a very short period of time in our life, our struggles to know God.   

God Be With You,
George and Betty Jackson

A copy of the book is now available by going to http://georgeandbettyjackson.org/el/index.htm.

Please keep us in your prayers. Thank you for the many ways you support us.

You may give to our Israel work by sending your check to Derek Prince Israel, 1921 New Salem Road, Murfreesboro, TN  37128.

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